Artist Beth Lipman, who lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, has become a master of using shiny objects to lure us into thoughtful observation.
Lipman is known for creating three-dimensional still lifes in glass that are inspired by 17th-century versions of the form. When I first encountered one of her installations at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2007, my reaction was visceral. I was dazzled by the audacity of it: a profusion of familiar objects rendered in clear glass, then carefully arranged on a table to mimic an enormous display of abundance.
But I needed to visit “Laid Table (Still Life with Metal Pitcher)” several more times before I fully absorbed the allusions, references and insinuations behind the